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24:                     To Charles Lyttelton
You see the thoughts are most within the Bills of Mortality. If you care for any more lines, I will send some in my next ;
at present
Adieu, dear George,
Yours most heartily? H. W.
You will not wonder that I have so long deferr'd answering your friendly letter, as you know the fatal cause \ You have heen often witness to my happiness, and by that may partly figure what I feel for losing so fond a mother. If my loss consisted solely in being deprived of one that loved me so much, it would feel lighter to me than it now does, as I doated on her. Your goodness to me encourages me to write at large my dismal thoughts ; but for your sake I will not make use of the liberty I might take, but will stifle what my thoughts run so much on. There is one circumstance of my misfortune which I am sure you "will not; be unwilling to hear, as no one can that loved her, and among the many that did, I have reason to flatter myself that you was one. I mean, the surprizing calmness and courage which my dear mother showed before her death. I believe few women would behave so well, and I am certain no man could behave better. For three or four days before she died, she spoke of it with less indifference, than one speaks of a cold j and while she was sensible, which she was within lier two last hours, she discovered no manner of apprehension. This, my dear Charles, was some alleviation to my grief.
0TO«l<L--Npt   in   C. ;    now         1 Lady Walpole died on Atig-.   2O, prtet«a from original in possession      1787. of viscount Gofofaam.